Yesterday, we went to a meeting between my youngest daughter’s teachers and her future classmates. I don’t know why but I felt more comfortable than I have ever felt around the teachers. My five year old is already in their classroom and her sister will join her in the same class this fall.
My four year old colored the paper to make the pinwheel. Afterwards, one of her teachers put it on a stick for her. Once outside in the mountain breeze that little pinwheel took off. The children giggled like mad watching it.
My five year old went to a classmates birthday party right after school that was held outside in the school yard. It was a beautiful day perfect for an outdoor party. It ended just as we were to come for the school meeting for my four year old which worked out great. The mother of the birthday boy gave each of my children a ballon to take home.
There are a small group of the mothers that I am very comfortable with now in spite of some cultural and language misunderstandings. I am now trying to be more aware of my body language and my manners with them.
In Switzerland, I have learned that people are extremely polite at all times with everyone. I had to brush up on my manners because as an American we are not so formal unless we are addressing complete strangers. So, I am constantly fighting myself to not be too informal which could offend someone or be considered rude.
I have to say that this group of mothers are always willing to lend a hand and I do appreciate it more than they know.
On all sides of the school yard are fields with horses. My five year old told me that she loves her school horses. She has grown attached to them after seeing them the entire school year.
Vilay and I snicker at the number of train stops in the Jura that have private seats.
We just missed the train home by a few minutes and had to wait an hour until the next one. I was afraid to walk to long without a watch too keep track of the time. So, we ended up sitting a good half hour waiting for the next train. No way did I want to miss that one and have to sit another hour.
Good thing the wind was kind and the view was pleasant.